Psst! No one can do what you can.
Sounds kind of cliché, right? And in many senses, it may be. But the reality is there is no one else exactly like you who will be in the exact places you’ll be at the exact times you’ll be there. And you are destined for greatness.
“Not everyone is great,” you may be thinking. And I can see where you’re coming from. What one person considers great may seem foolish to another. Regardless, you were destined to be a great influence in someone’s life. It’s true.
Maybe you’ll see someone on the side of the road in need of help and stop to assist. You won’t become famous for that, but the person you help will think you’re pretty great.
Perhaps you’ll encounter a person down on his or her luck who just needs a listening ear. Have you ever just wanted to be heard? Oftentimes, saying our thoughts out loud helps us make more sense of them — even if the other person doesn’t say anything in return.
Maybe you’ll accompany a friend to her first cancer treatment to help put her mind at ease.
It doesn’t take much to be great. But what a difference it can make. That person on the side of the road may be headed to the hospital to visit his wife and newborn child. The help and hope you gave will be passed on to that new life.
The person who just wanted to be heard might go on to become a counselor and help others through their trials — all because you took the time to listen.
The cancer survivor could start a support group to help other cancer patients through their treatments because of the difference you made in her life.
You never know the effect sharing a little of your time will have. And you may not see the results. The reality is none of the people you help will likely become famous, and that’s OK. Everyone needs help from time to time. Giving of yourself can be a better reward than fame.
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"